Thomas Simpson Sproule
Mr. CHAMPAGNE presented the second report of the Select Committee appointed to supervise the official report of the debates of the House, as follows :- Your committee recommend that the amanuenses to the official reporters, who, in accordance with the resolution adopted hy the House last session, were paid at the rate of $3.50 per day, he entitled to receive the same remuneration for their services. for this as well as future sessions.
Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Pi4®® Minister) laid on the table correspondence with regard to the supplementary contract with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Coni' pany.
Mr. SPROULE moved :
That the papers now laid on the table in con nection with the Transcontinental amended contract be printed forthwith and tna Rule 94 be suspended in relation thereto.
I might suggest at the same time that ^ would be very desirable if the governm would have printed and distributed the Bill with the new, so that they might v compared together, and have them circuit ed before the Easter holidays are over.
Motion agreed to.
Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of ance).
Has the hon. 4 man any doubt as to whether there tj0u reduction in the debt at all in coi with the readjustment ?
No doubt, apa^ acthe question of the readjustment
GiUmd ' TR0NK; pacific railway- Idr SURVEY. t;l. Is JTTtBE aslced : a^Sco at *Workr?i'?ent aware that survey par Q.°"tlrientai °nS the route of the proposec '>"ebe0 ? Railway between Winnipef 2. Are these parties employed by the government or by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company ? 3. If by the Railway Company, is there any understanding that the government will adopt the surveys, and pay the expenses incurred in making them ? 4. In ease the cost will ultimately be met by the government is it not possible to take some steps to remedy the grievances, if such exist as set out in the petition received by the Minister of Railways from the Dominion Institute of Amalgamated Engineers ? 5. Have any such steps been taken ?
1. Who were the delegates sent by the government from Canada to Great Britain and Ire-jand^of any European country, during the year
2. What amount was paid each delegate by way of salary and expenses ?
3. What was the nature of the duties performed by each- delegate, and in what district were such duties performed ?
Hon. CLIFFORD SIFTON (Minister of the Interior).
I shall have to ask the hon, gentleman to move for a return in answer to this question as it involves a lengthy statement of figures.
1. Was the pamphlet entitled * From the Great Lakes, Canada's Great Waterway to the Ocean ' and purporting to be printed by the Mortimer Company. Ottawa, published and distributed by or at the instance of the government, the Department. of Marine and Fisheries, or any of the departments, or by or at the instance of any member of the government ; and if so, by which department or minister ?
_ 2. What was the cost, and where is the item in the public accounts ?
3. How many copies have been distributed ?
4. What is the purpose or object of the publication ?
1. The pamphlet was Issued through the Department of Public Printing and Stationery, and distributed at the instance of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, and there was such a demand for it from all parts of
Canada and England, that a new supply had to be printed and distributed.
2. Total cost : $651.22. f which
appears in the Public Accounts of 1902-03, under contingencies.
3. 10,000 copies. . .
4. To advise the mariners of improvements made and to be made to aids to navigation in Canadian waterways.
RENTALS ^ M0N~
Mr. MONK asked :
1 What is the total amount of rentals paid at present by the government for offices or other accommodation in the city of Montreal ?
2 What is the total amount paid by the government for similar purposes in the city of Ottawa ?